100 Years Ago – 21 April 1920

21 April 1920

Auckland Geddes arrived in New York to give a speech following his appointment as the UK Ambassador to the United States, a role which he was to hold until 1924. He spoke of the need for home rule to be delivered in Ireland, saying “in Ireland, we are trying to provide political machinery whereby the antagonised sections of the Irish people can work out their own internal political salvation without economic ruin to Irish interests.

The rail strike in Vienna continued, despite the expectation that agreement had been reached to bring it to an end. A surprising mixture of communists and German nationalists formed a strike committee and Vienna was left isolated, with severe limitations to the city’s food supply.

An infant died in Bermondsey and a debate about the conditions that ex-servicemen were being forced to live in followed, with the coroner saying that an inquest would be held. The authorities were faced with a problem with the state of the slums in London, and in many other areas of the country, and the situation where “infants were dying due to great poverty”.